Back to Health Program
The Back to Health Program is the flagship of the Whitaker Wellness Institute. When Dr. Whitaker opened the clinic more than 30 years ago, his goal was to create a comfortable, personal, pleasant environment in which small groups of patients could get together, practice a healthy lifestyle, receive treatment with safe, noninvasive therapies—and get back on the road to optimal health.
In order to get a better feel for the Back to Health Program, here’s an overview of a typical week.
Sunday: You will arrive on Sunday, check into the hotel, and get settled. In the late afternoon you meet for dinner, prepared by the Whitaker Wellness chef, and attend an orientation session. Dr. Whitaker is usually there to welcome you (unless he’s out of town) and give you an overview of what to expect from your Back to Health Program.
Monday: You report for a blood draw first thing in the morning. After breakfast, you head over to the clinic, which is about half a mile away, in the free Whitaker Wellness shuttle bus, which runs back and forth between the clinic and the hotel every half hour. (You may also walk if you prefer.) There is a lot of testing the first day: a complete physical examination, blood tests, exercise stress test, and whatever else your doctor orders. You may also begin the therapies your physician recommends. You’ll return to the hotel for lunch—or if you’re tied up at the clinic, lunch will be delivered to you. In the late afternoon, everyone meets back at the hotel for a workshop, followed by dinner and a lecture by one of our Whitaker Wellness physicians.
Tuesday-Thursday: Vital signs and blood sugars may be taken before breakfast, depending on your condition, then the healing process continues. Organized activities during these days include exercise sessions with our certified exercise therapist, group walks, scheduled viewings of Dr. Whitaker’s lectures, and a trip to a local health food store. Most patients, however, spend the bulk of the day at the clinic undergoing treatment. Your goal is to get well, and these therapies dramatically accelerate healing. You will have a second visit with your physician to make sure you’re on track and to clear up any questions you might have. During this time, you’ll also get to know the Whitaker Wellness staff—our greatest resource—and the other patients. Everyone is in the same boat, going in the same direction, with the same goal: to regain their health. You may be surprised how rapidly friendships grow and how quickly a positive group spirit is created. The evenings are dedicated to workshops on nutrition, cooking, and other areas of interest, dinner, and physician lectures.
Friday: The daily routine of activities is established by now, and patients typically begin noticing improvements. Blood sugar levels are stabilizing, blood pressures are down, and many people lose weight. Pain is subsiding, and people who couldn’t walk across the street without difficulty are often walking the half-mile between the hotel and clinic. The information from lectures and workshops has “sunk in,” and patient enthusiasm and commitment to the program is high. Patients who are staying for one week have their final meeting with their physician, and they work together to create a game plan for once they return home. The day ends with a final wrap-up session with Dr. Whitaker (when he’s not traveling) and a special dinner. It’s often an emotional evening. Significant strides have been made, and medications have been discarded. New goals have been set, and close friendships have been formed. Patients are ready to leave the clinic not only feeling better physically, but also with hope and confidence that their health will continue to improve.
Saturday: One-weekers eat breakfast, pack up, grab a sack lunch, and return home. Those who are staying for two or three weeks may have scheduled treatments in the morning, but for the remainder of the weekend have some free time to enjoy the beautiful weather and sights of Orange County. The shuttle will take you to shopping centers and other places within a certain distance. We also organize an optional tour that includes the beach and other hotspots for interested participants.
“After watching more than 45,000 patients go through the Back to Health Program, I have noticed some general trends over the years.
“Almost everyone is a little skeptical when they first arrive because the Whitaker Wellness Institute doesn’t feel like a hospital or fit the general picture of a medical program. However, most are convinced that this approach makes a lot of sense and have decided before their arrival to give it a try. And as they meet the other members of the group and talk about why they came and what they hope to get out of the program, they begin to make friends rapidly.
“After the first two days the mood is considerably lighter. Information in the seminars convinces patients of the benefits of the therapies and lifestyle changes. Some are already noticing improvements, such as less angina, lower blood sugar, or better endurance. Friendships are becoming stronger. Even though each person comes from a different walk of life and will return to such, they’re all learning the same thing: how to alter their lives in key areas to regain and maintain their health. This is fertile ground for camaraderie.
“Toward the end of the first week, the routine has been established and patients now concentrate on improvements. Seminars continue to provide more information and serve to reinforce each patient’s commitment to the program. There is a sense of enthusiasm and a marked change in attitude.
“First, fear, which often immobilizes patients and makes them feel even worse, is replaced with a resolve to lick the problem. Patients who choose a program such as ours are not deluded about the seriousness of their health concerns. Quite the contrary. They understand their conditions even more clearly, but they now have a plan of action, a way of addressing these dangers head on.
“Second, the lifestyle changes are no longer viewed as arduous or impossible. Patients come to view the program as an opportunity, a challenge even, to overcome their health problems, and as they do, they develop an increased respect for their bodies and ultimately for themselves. Health now becomes a high priority, and the program of diet, exercise, and supplementation gives them the tools to achieve it.
“Third, and most important, patients are no longer passive recipients of medications prescribed by a physician and left in the dark about their condition or what they can do about it. They are now active partners in their health care. In the final analysis, these changes in attitude are essential for any long term success, and the structured environment, regulated activities, and group interaction during the Back to Health Program at the Whitaker Wellness Institute are designed to effect them.”
— Julian Whitaker, MD
One-Stop Shop for Wellness
At the Whitaker Wellness Institute, we’re proud to offer nearly two dozen safe, innovative, healing therapies under one roof—that’s more than any other facility in the northern hemisphere. Just think of us as your “one-stop shop for wellness.”
To learn more about how these innovative therapies and treatments can help restore your health and vitality during your stay at our Back to Health Program, click on the buttons below to schedule a complimentary consultation or contact us to learn more. You can also schedule your complimentary consultation or obtain more information by calling our Patient Services Representatives at (866) 944-8253.
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